Dr. M.G.R. Fisheries College and Research Institute, Ponneri

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Aquatic Animal Health Management


The Department of Aquatic Animal Health at Fisheries College and Research Institute, Ponneri has started functioning with effect from 01.09.2016 to perform teaching research and extension activities related to Aquatic Animal Health. The department has dynamic faculties with international exposure and training to offer courses and degree programmes on aquatic Animal Health. The department is equipped with the state -of- art laboratory facilities to undertake research on existing and emerging issues in Aquatic Animal Health Management.


  • To offer courses on aquatic animal health to undergraduate, post graduate and Ph. D degree programmes
  • To extend diagnostic services to the aquafarmers
  • To undertake research on the existing and emerging issues in aquatic animal health in order to evolve suitable scientific, eco-friendly and practical solutions for the benefit of the aqua farmers


UG Courses

S.NO Course No. Title of the Course Credit Hours
1 FS 203 Fish Immunology 1+1
2 FPH 322 Chemotherapy and drugs in Aquaculture 1+1
3 FS 213 Fish and Shellfish Pathology 2+1
4 FS 303 Pharmacology 2+1
5 FS 304 Fish Toxicology 1+1
6 FS 311 Microbial and parasitic diseases of fish and shellfish 2+1

PG Courses

S.NO Course No. Title of the Course Credit Hours
1 AAH 501 Viral and bacterial diseases of Finfish and Shellfish 2+1
2 AAH 502 Parasitic diseases of Finfish and Shellfish 2+1
3 AAH 503 Health Management In Aquaculture 2+1
4 AAH 504 Systemic Fish Pathology 2+1
5 AAH 505 Fish Toxicology 2+1
6 AAH 506 Microbiological Techniques 1+1
7 AAH 507 Fish Virology and Cell Culture 2+1
8 AAH 508 Clinical Pathology 1+1
9 AAH 509 Non-Infectious and Fungal Diseases 1+1
10 AAH 510 Aquatic environment and Fish Health 1+1
11 AAH 511 Diagnostic Techniques 1+1

Ph.D. Courses

S.NO Course No. Title of the Course Credit Hours
1 AAH 601 Fish and shellfish virology 2+1
2 AAH 602 Advances in parasitology 2+1
3 AAH 603 Molecular mechanisms in disease process 2+1
4 AAH 604 Crustacean pathology 1+1
5 AAH 605 Fish pharmacology 2+1
6 AAH 606 Biotechnological tools in disease diagnosis 1+1
7 AAH 607 Public health microbiology and epidemiology 2+1
8 AAH 608 Molecular techniques in microbiology 1+1
9 AAH 609 Fish mycology and virology 1+1

Research Projects:

Ongoing Research Projects

S.NO Title of the Project Year PI & Co- PI of the Project Funds(in Rs) Funding Agency
1 Rapid diagnosis of shrimp viral and bacterial diseases by molecular (PCR) methods 2016 ongoing PI 1 Lakh TNFU, Nagapattinam
2 Challenge study on Phytobiotic fed GIFT strain of Oreochromis niloticus with Streptocoocus agalactiae serotype ӀӀ 2017 PI $ 3969.0 LIPTOSA, Spain

Completed Research Projects

S.NO Title of the Project Year PI & Co- PI of the Project Funds(in Rs) Funding Agency
1 Isolation of a potent probiotic bacteria from mullet of Pulikat lake against vibriosis of L. vannamei 2016 /2017 PI -- University Research Project, TNFU, Nagapattinam
2 Biosecured Microbial Flocculent driven Farming for Domesticating eco- friendly and viable culture practices for Vannamei shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) and Milk fish (Chanos chanos) in Tamil Nadu. 2014 /2016 Co-PI 44 Lakhs Part II scheme Govt. of TamilNadu
3 Influence of Carbohydrate Enriched Distillery Effluent (MF-SEED) as Carbon Source in Aerobic Microbial Floculant Technology, Sponsored by M/S.Rajashree Biosolution, Theni. 2016 /2017 Co-PI 7.75 Lakhs M/s. Rajashree Bio-solution Theni

Outreach/Extension activities:

  • Extending diagnostic services to the shrimp and fish farmers through mobile laboratory and the department laboratory
  • Extending advisory services on aquatic animal health management
  • Dissemination of disease management practices by creating awareness among the farmers, conducting training programmes, on- field demonstrations to prevent and control the diseases in commercially important cultured fishes


Aquatic animal health laboratory has the following units

  • Molecular diagnosis lab which is equipped with PCR Thermal cycler , Realtime PCR thermal cycler ,Spectrophotometer, Deep freezers and refrigerated centrifuge
  • Immuno diagnosis lab is equipped with all the basic equipments including ELISA reader to carryout immunological studies
  • Microbiology lab is equipped with various equipments which include BOD incubator, Digital pH Meter, Serological water bath, Autoclave, Orbital shaker, Vortex mixer, Laminar flow chamber, Hot air oven, Hot plate, Muffle furnace, Incubator and microscopes
  • Wet lab facilities to conduct fish experiments and pathogen challenge studies


  • Surveillance of emerging diseases of shrimp and documentation of the prevalence of the diseases in shrimp
  • Control of disease using immunostimulants and probiotics.

Currrent focus

  • Evolving eco- friendly herbal based therapeutic and control measures for diseases of commercial importance
  • Development of improved diagnostic techniques for emerging diseases
  • Studying the Pharmacodynamic effect of chemicals, disinfectants, antibiotics in fish


S.NO Name Designation E-mail Phone No
1 Dr.A.Uma Professor and Head uma@tnjfu.ac.in 044-2797 1557
2 Dr.S.Saravanan Assistant Professor saranbiotech@gmail.com +91 96773 03496

Publications (recent publications max. 20 Nos. in Bibliography format).

Research articles

  • A. Uma and G. Rebecca , 2017. Antibiotic resistance in bacterial Isolates from commercial probiotics used in aquaculture. International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences 7(1): 1737-1743.
  • S. Ramchandran, S.Thiyagarajan, G.Dhinakar Raj and A.Uma. Non – invasive in vivo imaging of fluorescence –labeled bacterial distributions in aquatic species. International journal of Veterinary Science and Medicine 5(2017) 187-195
  • Uma A, N.Stalin and G. Rebecca, 2017.Isolation, molecular identification and antibiotic resistance of Enterococcus faecalis from diseased Tilapia. International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Science ,ISSN: 2319-7706.6 (6):136-146
  • M. Giridharan and A.Uma, 2017. A report on the hepatopancreatic microsporidiosis caused by Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei (EHP) in Penaeus vannamei (pacific white shrimp) farms in Tiruvallur district, Tamilnadu, India. International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences. ISSN: 2319-7706 6 (6):147-152
  • S Santhoshkumar, S Sivakumar,S Vimal,S Abdul Majeed,G Taju,P Haribabu, A. Uma, A.S.Sahul Hameed, 2016. Biochemical changes and tissue distribution of Enterocytozoon hepatopenaei (EHP) in naturally and experimentally EHP-infected whiteleg shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei (Boone, 1931), in India. Journal of Fish Diseases. 40(4): 529–539
  • Harresh Adikesavalu, Pankaj Kumar, T. Jawahar Abraham and A. Uma, 2015. Minimal Bactericidal Concentration of Sanitizers against Edwardsiella tarda Strains Isolated from African Catfish Clarias gariepinus. Journal of Marine Biosciences, 1(1): 5–10. ISSN 2454–3519.
  • R. Kowsalya, S.Sankaranarayanan, A. Uma and Swaranjit singh cameotra, 2015. Effect of different culture conditions on the production of laccase from basidiomycetes fungal isolate Pleurotus ostreatus vpm – 1 under solid state fermentation. Pollution Research. 34 (3): 145-151.
  • A.Uma, K.Jawahar Raj, G.Rebecca and S.Anand, 2014. Antibiotic resistance in Aeromonas hydrophila isolated from clinically infected catfish Clarius sp. Indian veterinary Journal, 91(05): 55-58.
  • K.Sathya, M.Thiripura sundari, A.Uma, M.R.Srinivasan, M.Subas chandra Bose,2014. The toxic effect of cypermethrin on zebra fish embryo- an alternative model for assessing the embryo toxicity of environment chemicals. Indo American Journal of Pharmaceutical Research.Online open access journal (ISSN NO. 2231-6576). 4(04): 2316
  • Jawahar Raj. K, A.Uma, G.Rebecca ,K.Saravanabava, 2013. Basal expression of toll-like receptor 18 (TLR18) mRNA in selected species of food fishes of India. Indian Veterinary Journal, 90:7.
  • A.Uma, A.H.M.Harresh G.Rebecca ,2012. Expression of Toll protein gene in tissues of Tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon) experimentally exposed to Vibrio harveyi. International Journal of Pharma and Biosciences, 3(4):316-320., ISSN 0975-6299
  • Mangesh M Bhosale, S. Felix, Mahadevi, S. Aruna, Cheryl Antony and 2017. Induced breeding of African JewelfishHemichromis bimaculatus (Gill, 1862) using gonadotropic signaling molecular analogue WOVA-FH. Journal of Entomology and Zoology Study 5: 2547-2551.
  • Parthiban,F., S. Balasundari, K. Rathnakumar, and S. Felix. 2017. Comparison of the Quality of Chitin and Chitosan from Shrimp, Crab and Squilla Waste. Current World Environment 12: 672-679.
  • Menaga, M., S. Felix and 2017. Distillery wastage as a novel carbon source for Aquaculture intensification. Indian Veterinary Journal 94: 15-17.
  • Menaga, M., S. Felix and 2017. Identification of Bacterial Isolates from Aerobic Microbial Floc Systems by 16S rDNA Amplification and Sequence Analyses. Indian Veterinary Journal 94: 24-26.
  • Felix, S, S. Selvaraj, Cheryl Antony, Samuel Moses, TLS and 2017. First report on natural spawning of native Asian cichlid fish, pearl spot (Etroplus suratensis) maintained in FRP tanks in Thiruvallur district, Tamil Nadu, India. International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies 10: 5-10.
  • Felix, S., Antony Jesu Prabu, Cheryl Antony, and Rajaram, R. 2015. Studies on nursery rearing of Genetically Improved Farmed Tilapia (GIFT) in Biosecured raceway system in India. Indian Journal of Fisheries Association, 42: 1-10.
  • Athithan, S. and 2015. Growth assessment of spiny lobster (Panulirus homarus) under open sea cage culture in Tharuvaikulam of Tamil Nadu coast, South India. The Bioscan 10: 1655-1658
  • V. Arul, 2011. Inhibitory activity of probiotic Enterococcus faecium MC13 against Aeromonas hydrophila confers protection against hemorrhagic septicemia in common carp Cyprinus carpio. Aquaculture International 19 : 973-985.
  • V. Arul, 2010. Enhancement of the innate immune system and disease-resistant activity in Cyprinus carpio by oral administration of β-glucan and whole cell yeast Aquaculture Research 41, 884-892.
  • Jang, I.K., Meng, X.H., Seo, H.C., Cho, Y.R., Kim, B.R., and Kim, J.S. (2009). A TaqMan real-time PCR assay for quantifying white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) infections in wild brood stock and hatchery-reared postlarvae of fleshy shrimp, Fenneropenaeus chinensis. Aquaculture 287: 40-45.
  • Jang, I.K., Suriakala, K., Kim, J.S., Kim, B.R., Cho, Y.R., Meng, X.H., and Seo, H.C. (2008). Real-time PCR quantification of white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) and Hepatopancreatic parovirus (HPV) loads in shrimp and seawaters of shrimp ponds on the West Coast of South Korea. J. Fish. Sci. Technol. 11(4), 195-204
  • Jang, I.K., Kim, J.S., Cho, K.J., Seo, H.C., Cho, Y.R., and Kim, B.R. (2008). Intensive Culture of the Pacific White Shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei under Limited Water Exchange I. Indoor Nursery Culture of Postlarvae Intensive Culture of the Pacific white shrimp I. Indoor nursery culture of postlarvae. J. Aquaculture 21(4) 339-345.
  • V. Arul. (2006). Immunomodulatory effects of dietary intake of chitin, chitosan and levamisole on the immune system of Cyprinus carpio and control of Aeromonas hydrophila infection in ponds. Aquaculture 255: 179-187.

Laboratory facilities

Contact info

The Dean
Dr. M.G.R Fisheries College and Research Institute
Ponneri - 601 204 Thiruvallur District,
Tamil Nadu, India.

044 - 2797 1556  |  044 - 2797 1557